Update to this, a more annoying set of tags just appeared for Devexpress, due to the sheer volume they appear, they're sponsoring some of the most common tags on the site now. I'm not for blocking ads on SO, but with this change I'll be actively blocking the tag icons, this is a big (at least to me) visual change to the site (as it would be with any batch of popular tags).
Here's a list of the Devexpress tags:
Though they're fewer in number of tags, they're higher in volume, and their icon stands out a great deal more than others, at least Telerik's colors weren't a big visual impact, since their main color was already the same as the site background.
Previous content: It may be me, but Telerik seems to have one-upped Redgate with their recent tags, they have picked up the following (out of tags with over 50 questions, as of the time on this posting):
If the Silverlight team from Microsoft offers to advertise with that tag, what happens? It's their product and a trademarked name (as most products would be), so I'm curious what happens in this case...or are there no restrictions, first come first serve?
My main problem with this: If I'm a user looking for help, this doesn't help me find an answer, if it's related sure, it might. But...doesn't letting a sponsor claim a general tag, or worse, another company's product tag confuse the users? I don't see how it helps, but it could definitely do the opposite....isn't that counter to the goal here?
As an aside, a little funny to me are the unclaimed tags: devexpress, telerik (and all the
telerik-xx) adobe (and all the
adobe-xx), redgate did claim their tag at least.